DC’s Raven Heading To The CW

In what may be an unexpected follow-up to Smallville, Variety reports The CW is looking to develop a series based on the DC Comics character Raven.

Created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, the teleporting half-demon empath debuted in October 1980′s DC Comics Presents #26 as a founding member of the new Teen Titans. Her struggles with her dark side and her demonic father Trigon were central elements of the hit ’80s New Teen Titans franchise.

Just how the television Raven will differ from the comic-book version remains to be seen. It seems likely The CW series will downplay or completely disregard her involvement with the Teen Titans, focusing instead on the character’s other-dimensional aspects. Variety characterizes Raven as someone “who uses her skills to fight crime while trying to keep her dark internal elements in check,” which would be in line with the network’s other series, like Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries.

Raven is being written and produced by Diego Gutierrez (V, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) through Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment.

The series is only the latest attempt by The CW and its predecessor The WB to find a companion, or replacement, for the long-running Smallville, now in its 10th and final season. The 2002 series Birds of Prey aired for just four months, and the 2006 pilot for a Smallville spin-off starring Aquaman was never picked up. Two years later the network gave a commitment to The Graysons, centering on young Dick Grayson before he became Robin, but those plans were quickly abandoned.

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  • Summer

    ….did not see that one coming.

  • http://www.spinoffonline.com Kevin Melrose

    I’m not sure anyone did.

  • Amanda Terry

    Auqaman…why didn’t they do Green Arrow? I would watch Ollie anyday. Oh well. Happy to see one of my Fav female DC Characters go live action :D

  • Benwahbob

    I can see it. One part Smallville, one Part Charmed One part Supernatural

  • Dl316bh

    Oh, great. Just what the CW needs to do. Screw with another comic character. Assuming this show actually happens, I wonder if we’ll go through nine seasons of emo high school antics before she gets around to actually being Raven.

  • Mmcool057

    Get a cameo appearance by either Raven’s creators of Marv Wolfman and George Prez or even her Teen Titans voice Actress Tara Strong, and I’m in.

  • Jrau18

    Don’t disregard the Teen Titans. I repeat, DO NOT disregard the Teen Titans.

  • kalorama

    This is right in the CW wheelhouse. I can see this working.

  • muppet

    I’m not gonna go saying this will suck just yet but CW hasn’t done anything I’ve liked before. I will be willing to give it an honest shot though.

  • demoncat_4

    if Raven is not involved with the titans the thing will not last long. unless they focus on her in Azarah and also trying to fight trigon. still think they should do a green arrow replacement spin off.

  • Jaded Devil

    She’ll be a goth-girl fighting supernatural forces and coping with the fact that she’s part demon. Trigon will appear but he’ll do so in human form, with implications that his “true form” is similar to the one in comics. Azarah will get some mentions and we’ll journey there from time to time, but for the most part it’ll take place in the “real” world (aka Vancouver). And she’ll have teen associates who help her in the fight, even though they’ll mostly be “normal kids.”

    Just my guess on the matter.

  • Anonymous

    TRIGON

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to guess this will at least be partially based on the Raven limited series from a year or two back, just to make sure she’s fighting supernatural threats in a high school setting. If done right, it could maybe have a decent super-powered Veronica Mars feel.

  • Tigertron007

    I was hoping for a Zatanna tv series…

  • Sijo

    Funny how the only part of Raven’s body exposed by her costume are her tights. Even her breasts are better covered! :D

  • NightwingsOracle

    I’ll be interested in trying it out but I still say Dick Grayson is the character they need to focus on — just not before he was Robin but as Nightwing first moving into Bludhaven! That’s the show we all need!!!

  • Matt Rower

    Well, at least it’s not Disney’s Raven that the CW is looking into…

  • Linus

    Why not just make up a whole new character and by-pass the licensing?

  • Glantern35

    I think a better choice would be Rose & Thorn. For those not familiar with this character, Rose was an ordinary woman, but at night she would black out and become Thorn who would fight against a criminal organization known as The 100. Thorn didn’t have any special powers, but she did know how to fight really good. Rose never remembered what happened the night before, and the blackouts concerned her. I don’t remember what caused this extra personality to manifest itself. Maybe The 100 killed her family or something. She used to operate out of Metropolis.

  • http://twitter.com/drunkjack00 Jack Derunk

    “Raven is being written and produced by Diego Gutierrez (V, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) through Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment.”

    That’s why.

  • Someday

    People seem to be way over-reacting.
    Raven was actually a really popular character on the ‘Teen Titans’ cartoon (where most kids/teens would know her from), you just have to look at all the cosplay pics and stuff on the web. Not to mention the whole gothicy/emo/vampire thingy is popular with teenage girls right now, this could turn out well for CW/DC.

    That said, I’m still waiting for my ‘Gotham Central’ or ‘The Question’ tv show.

  • Anonymous

    As long as this isn’t written solely for the Twilight crowd, you can count me on board for this. My favourite Titan.

  • DavidEMartin

    A non-superhero version of RAVEN makes sense as a marketable property for TV. You get the Buffy-hot-chick protagonist combined with the successful formats of CHARMED and SUPERNATURAL.
    If the series occurs, I could see other supernatural DC characxters appearing here as guest stars — Zatanna, Phantom Stranger, Cassandra Craft, Talia the Sorceress. Heck, Dr Thirteen could make for a fun episode.

  • Otaku-sempai

    And there is also the David Kelly WONDER WOMAN series in development, but that hasn’t been picked up by any, specific network at this time. A RAVEN series could work as long as it has a solid premise. We’ll see.

  • nik

    I think you’re dead on. It’ll probably be a goth-Buffy wannabe. Not that that’s a bad thing but given the original material, it could be so much more.

  • Zor-El of Argo

    I would like to see a Dick Grayson series focussing on the in-between years. As in: in-between hanging up the Robin suit and putting on the Nightwing suit.

  • Zor-El of Argo

    Both of those could be awesome.

  • http://www.audiocomics.wordpress.com AudioComics

    …Surprising…I honestly thought they were going to go with The Blue Beetle.

    Lance Roger Axt
    The AudioComics Company

  • multispaz

    Honestly I don’t want to go back to the days where TV writers feel free to interpret DC characters based on whatever whim occurs to them. Despite the fact that heroines, like Batgirl and Black Canary were exceptionally popular the writers for “Birds of Prey” felt free interpret the characters however they wanted to because they had the excuse that there wasn’t a history for them to refer to. This freedom usually leads to really really terrible live action interpretations of super heroines.

    Even Smallville was built on decades worth of Superboy stories that the writers chose to reinterpret.

    Raven is too undeveloped as a character to make any of us comfortable with her being developed as a live action hero. Chances of her resembling anything that the comic book community appreciates about the character are very low.

  • Hector

    I dunno, part of the reason Raven was in the Teen Titans was her need to have strong people around her to help her reign in her father’s influence. Smallville introduced Cyborg in their series, at least having her meet him and Donna Troy would give her a tie to something greater than herself, but Raven herself can be a fascinating character.

  • philip a moore

    I would much trI

  • Philip A Moore

    I would much rather have seen them devlope the blue beetle tv show that they posted a five minute clip from sevral months ago .

  • multispaz

    This is the dumbest idea in the world. Has Raven ever lived anywhere other than Titan’s Tower?

    This is like a show about Sue Storm that tries to act like she was never in the Fantastic Four.

    Get ready for the CW to develop a backstory we have never heard before. I thought Warner bros. had gained a respect for super hero properties and their fans but that obviously isn’t the case.

  • Mou101

    The choice of a B-list character like Raven is surprising, but it could work. However, I will say I’d have much preferred, say, a young Bruce Wayne series…or a continuation of “Smallville” as “Metropolis.”

    I’m also all for a Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle series.

  • Bridgekeepers

    Interesting . . . but I wouldn’t down play her involvement with the Teen Titans. After all, what has carried Smallville into 10 seasons has been the popularity of adding more of the DC universe’s characters into the mix, not less. It can start in a similar way to Smallville, with Raven’s pre-Titans years and coming to discover her heritage and dealing with it. But then as you amp up the coming conflict of her father Trigon, bring in the Titans (Smallville-style) to help Raven combat him. It could work . . . I’m not sure how much advertiser support it will have, though, given that Raven by herself is not exactly a household name like Smallville, Clark Kent and Superman are.

  • Brian from Canada

    Something must not be right here. First it was supposed to be Wonder Woman or Sandman replacing Smallville, and now – out of nowhere – Raven?

    Either WB, DC and CW are desperately throwing out ideas with hopes one makes it to pilot season or their main pilots are taking too long to develop for next season.

    As for whether Raven would be a good idea or not… I seriously doubt it — based on the grounds that Supernatural, strong as it is, isn’t going anywhere on the ratings chart. CW needs to break out of the mould of “guilty pleasure” TV and come up with something that works on all cylinders they can go all out with — and they’re just not there.

    Mercy Reef (Aquaman) bombed out because it was too ordinary CW. C’mon, CW, come up with something with better – like a show with a hook that we want to be caught on.

  • Motleydrue

    What issue does that Ed Benes art appear in?

  • Xaxton

    Good writing + good acting = a good show.

    Take the lamest character you can think of (Squirrel Girl, Captain Boomerang, Space Cabbie, Paste Pot Pete…) and the right talent can turn them into television/movie gold.

  • Baddog823

    retarded

  • Sharoncz

    yes!!!! i’m ssoo happy i hope it IS a tv series i defitinly be watching IT!!! i love raven!!